Wednesday, February 24, 2010

God is in the Details

The Musée d'Orsay is one of the 
most fantastic museums in the world.   
It includes "mainly French art dating from 1848 to 1915, including paintings, sculptures, furniture, and photography, and is probably best known for its extensive collection of impressionist and post-impressionist masterpieces (the largest in the world)."  I enjoyed taking photos there for the first time (permitted without flash) when I visited last month.  I hope you'll enjoy the details of brushstrokes and color, as I have, in the following photos. 

PAUL SIGNAC: "The Red Buoy"
1895  Oil on canvas




SIGNAC: THE RED BUOY photo by R. Burts





PAUL SIGNAC: "Port La Rochelle"
1921  Oil on canvas



SIGNAC: PORT LA ROCHELLE photo by R. Burts
cloud detail (center, behind boat)




SIGNAC: PORT LA ROCHELLE  photo by R. Burts
swirling cloud detail (upper-left corner)


"POINTILLISM is a technique of painting in which small, distinct dots of pure color are applied in patterns to form an image. Georges SEURAT developed the technique in 1886, branching from Impressionism. The term Pointillism was first coined by art critics in the late 1880s to ridicule the works of these artists and is now used without its earlier mocking connotation.  The technique relies on the perceptive ability of the eye and mind of the viewer to mix the color spots into a fuller range of tones.....is more focused on the specific style of brushwork used to apply the paint...a technique with few serious practitioners and is notably seen in the works of SEURAT, SIGNAC and CROSS."-- wikipedia


PAUL SIGNAC: "Woman with a Parasol"
(Portrait of Signac’s Wife Berthe)  1893  Oil on canvas




SIGNAC: WOMAN WITH A PARASOL   photo by R. Burts
detail (bottom-left corner)




SIGNAC: WOMAN WITH A PARASOL   photo by R. Burts
umbrella detail


SIGNAC: WOMAN WITH A PARASOL  photo by R. Burts
umbrella handle/tassel detail (lower-right corner)




HENRI-EDMOND CROSS: "The Evening Air"
1893-1894. Oil on canvas




CROSS: THE EVENING AIR   photo by R. Burts
sailboat detail (right)





CROSS: THE EVENING AIR  photo by R. Burts
detail, trees and group of women (center)






CROSS: THE EVENING AIR  photo by R. Burts
lower-left corner detail






HENRI-EDMOND CROSS: "The Shipwreck"
1906-07 Oil on canvas




CROSS: THE SHIPWRECK   photo by R. Burts
ship, sailor and surge detail (center)






CROSS: THE SHIPWRECK   photo by R. Burts
detail; center





ANDRE DERAIN: "Charing Cross Bridge"
(also known as "Westminster Bridge") 
Oil on canvas  1906




MAURICE de VLAMINCK:
"Restaurant 'La Machine' at Bougival"
ca. 1905  Oil on canvas


de VLAMINCK: RESTAURANT A BOUGIVAL    photo by R. Burts
detail, tree (right)





EMILE BERNARD: "Harvest by the Sea"
  Oil on canvas  1891


A "very powerful and geometric painting,
with its 'rough humanity.' "-- website Musée d'Orsay



BERNARD: HARVEST BY THE SEA  photo by R. Burts
haystacks, houses detail (upper right corner)






EDOUARD MANET: "Lola de Valence"
Oil on canvas  1862



MANET: LOLA DE VALENCE  photo by R. Burts
dress detail



additional details...


gloves: detail from MANET'S "Le Balcon" 1868-69 
photo by R. Burts






tablecloth: detail from RENOIR's "Garcon au chat" 1868 
photo by R. Burts






detail from CEZANNE's "Dahlias" 1875
photo by R. Burts








detail from VAN GOGH's "Church in Auvers-sur-Oise" 1890 
all detail photos by R. Burts

PHOTOS via MUSEE d'ORSAY COLLECTION, PARIS

R E L A T E D      P O S T S   :

Paris   Treasures : 
musée   Nissim   de   Camondo 


The    Art    of    the    Steal:
[The   Barnes   Foundation]


 
Stars and Stripes Forever


Collecting Photos

Saturday, February 13, 2010

Paris ID: sleek+natural


Beyond the current color mode 
in Place Furstenberg
(SEE FOLLOWING POST)
many big French design emporiums continue
in an almost exact-opposite direction.

LE COMPTOIR de FAMILLE window display, rue Saint-Sulpice

MAISON de FAMILLE, LE COMPTOIR de FAMILLESIA and FLAMANT -- These are our Pottery Barns and our Restoration Hardwares...some slightly higher in pricepoint and sophistication, some lower.  But the current design styles are strikingly similar.

 Texture and form play a large role
in this popular style which essentially combines
light + dark, sleek + soft,
and mass-produced + nature-made.

SIA window display, 3-5 Blvd Malsherbes

chocolate linen and leather...shiny chrome planters and lanterns...tall, clear glass vases, candlesticks and candelabra....white taper candles and porcelain....white orchids vs pale, unfinished wood, black 'birds of paradise' and brown upholstery (above and below)

SIA window display, 3-5 Blvd Malsherbes

COLORS
Palettes are almost completely void of color, save ivories, medium grays/browns and dark espresso browns.
FINISHES
Finishes are smooth, shiny chrome, clear glass and sleek leather, glossy espresso finishes
FORMS
Forms are tall and skinny in lamps, vases and other accessories
TEXTURES
Textures are polished and refined urbane OR raw, natural, and often untreated materials.
Leathers tend towards shiny with a few in softer suede.


MAISON de FAMILLE display at LAFAYETTE MAISON
'Arts de la Table' include...a dark espresso-finish table....placemats of twigs in the same tones seem to almost disappear, clear glass and shiny chrome accessories play a chief role.

 
MAISON de FAMILLE store display at PLACE de la MADELEINE

fur throw, tall, shiny chrome/glass lamps, ivory lampshades and upholstery, dark-brown occasional pieces and upholstery...

MAISON de FAMILLE store display at PLACE de la MADELEINE

leather chairs in chrome frames, horn wall sconce, fur throw

 
 MADURA window display in the 3RD ARR.

 delicate, multi-surface textural detail in pillow of various off-whites....soft gray throw on suede chair; white-painted and ebony-espresso side tables....ivory fur throw
This pairing of sleek, uptown surfaces and relaxed, natural elements is clearly a success! 

R E L A T E D    P O S T S :

Paris   Favorites :  2012

Paris  Favorites :  2010

Paris ID :  red+pink+orange

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Paris ID: RED+PINK+ORANGE


It's all about color now at Place Furstenberg,
home to many well-known French interior design firms.

Pink and Green window display at Pierre Frey Mobilier;
...bring on the preppy!


PIERRE FREY MOBILIER 2 rue de Furstenberg
Floral, stripe and dot meet purple-pink and red.


JIM THOMPSON 1 et 2, Rue de Furstenburg
More pink (fuschia), red and purple (lavender)
in Jim Thompson's Suzani-inspired print.


JIM THOMPSON 1 et 2, Rue de Furstenburg
Eastern-inspired (background) fabric design in cranberry, brown and white plus (foreground) tone-on-tone, solid and striped fabrics in salmon and orange.


6TH ARR. INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM
Window display on the "terminally branché rue Jacob."


3RD ARR. INTERIOR DESIGN FIRM
More red-fuschia combos in upholstery, fabric and accessories.


INTERIOR DESIGN in SAINT-GERMAIN-DES-PRES
Red and white, traditional French print on a
Louis XVI/Directoire-style chest.




ZIMMER+ROHDE   202, Rue Saint-Honoré